Every year Toowoomba hosts the Carnival of Flowers for 10 days over the September school holidays, trees that line the streets burst into bloom, the parks are smothered with annual flowers and green fingered residents open up their gardens to share the beauty with the public. It really is a splendid day out from Brisbane. But prepare to come back plotting an overhaul of your lawn aeration programme (as if you have one) and scheming an extravagant planting display.
So Joel and I rose early and made our way to beautiful, old Toowoomba, first stop is coffee, of course. We headed for the Springs Garden centre as we thought was in keeping with the days theme. It was lovely sitting in the sunny garden eating waffles and planning our assault on the best gardens to visit, armed with the program and map.
Toowoomba is such a beautiful town we ended up driving up and down the charming streets admiring the heritage cottages and their sweet picket fences.
We stopped off and meandered around Queens Park Gardens, the gardeners toil away to create shapely garden beds full of annuals, working with colour and texture, some displays are so bright in the midday sun they seem almost iridescent.
The gardens of the day range from blousy cottage gardens to streamlined formal rows of meticulous hedging.
I paused to see the delicate petals, and watch the bees buzzing around the centres, enthralled by the intricacy of nature.
Of course we couldn’t visit Toowoomba without hunting through a few antique stores, which always makes me wish I had Buckingham Palace to furnish. I even found a magazine from the month my mum was born! I love the cutesy cover.
My favourite garden of the day was at Brindabella Country Gardens Roses garden centre near Highfields, where a series of garden rooms showcase the owners design flare. I tottered about the garden snapping away on my camera and smelling the fresh flowers.
I came home thoroughly inspired for creating our new garden from scratch when the house is built, wishing we had an extra acre or two for my grand plans. I will definitely be visiting next year, I will ensure I post up here the dates of the 2016 show so you can have a lovely day out too.